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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Hilarious, Gay Musical Caps Rep's 76th Theater Season Starting November 15


As the last production for its 76th theater season, Repertory Philippines drops a laugh bomb as it announces its funniest, gayest show to date. Presenting THE PRODUCERS, the biggest hit in Broadway history.

Two theatrical producers, Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, hatch a scam to stage the worst Broadway musical they can find, so that they can get rich from investors and then pocket the money when the show flops. After finding the script “Springtime for Hitler” by crazed Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind, they bring on board Roger DeBris, Carmen Ghia as well as their sexpot secretary, Ulla. Their scheme falls apart, however, when “Springtime for Hitler” becomes a smash hit instead. With a crazy synopsis that goes that way, you won't be able to stop the urge to check it out.

Set to open on November 15 at 8 p.m. at Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati, THE PRODUCERS, promises a laugh-till- your-sides-hurt humor which draws on ridiculous accents, homosexual stereotypes, and Nazis, along with many show business in-jokes. It is a satirical comedy that can be appreciated by both insiders and outsiders of the theatre industry.

Based on the 1968 Mel Brooks movie of the same name, The Producers was written by Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with songs arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. With a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards, THE PRODUCERS had its original Broadway production, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, at the St. James Theatre on April 19, 2001 and ran for 2,502 performances. It spawned a successful London production running for just over two years, US national tours, many productions worldwide, and a 2005 film version.

Directed by Jaime del Mundo, the Manila premier of THE PRODUCERS features top caliber actors CARLO OROSA and ROBIE ZIALCITA alternating as Max Bialystock, the beleaguered producer facing bankruptcy, who woos little old ladies into backing his shows.

TOPPER FABREGAS takes on the role of Leopold “Leo” Bloom, a cowardly and infantile hapless accountant who first has the idea to produce a flop on purpose.

Media icon G TÖNGI will tackle the role of Ulla, a blonde Swedish bombshell who auditions for the show and becomes Max and Leo’s secretary/receptionist.

Actor-director JOEL TRINIDAD plays Franz Liebkind, a former Nazi whose play is chosen by Max and Leo as a definite flop.

Stage and screen veteran NOEL TRINIDAD (Joel’s father) takes on the role of Roger De Bris, the flamboyant homosexual cross-dresser chosen to direct the show. He will be alternating with role of Roger with one of the icons of Philippine musical theater AUDIE GEMORA.

Versatile actor NOEL RAYOS will take the role of Carmen Ghia, Roger’s “common law assistant.”

The ensemble is composed of Nelsito Gomez, Steven Conde, Tristan Cheng, Jay Pangilinan, Chino Veguillas, Leroy de Guzman, Natalie Everett, Daff Abear, Liesl Batucan, Micaela Pineda, Shalee Vicencio, and Gemini Quintos.

Co-presented by the City of Makati, THE PRODUCERS is full of irreverent humor, silly gags, outlandish characters, and, of course, show-stopping musical numbers.

The show runs from November 15 to December 15, 2013, with shows on the following dates:

Nov 15, Fri, 8pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926
Nov 16, Sat, 8pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926
Nov 17, Sun. 3:30pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926

Nov 22, Fri, 8pm -REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926
Nov 23, Sat, 8pm -REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926
Nov 24, Sun 3:30 pm -REPERTORY PHILIPPINES -02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926

Nov 30, Sat, 8pm - Philippine College of Chest Physicians - 02 924 9204 / 0917 506 4572
Dec 1, Sun, 3:30pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926

Dec 7, Sat, 8pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926
Dec 8, Sun, 3:30 pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926

Dec 14, Sat, 8pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926
Dec 15, Sun, 3:30 pm - Ma. Clarissa C. Arguelles & Kathleen Blanca Littua - 0917 812 8325

 All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City.
The artistic and creative team of THE PRODUCERS is led by Baby Barredo (Artistic Director), Jaime del Mundo (Director), Onyl Torres (Musical Director), Mio Infante (Set Designer), Natalie Everett (Choreographer), and John Batalla (Lighting Designer).

The production staff is composed of Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Goldie T. Soon (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist).

The marketing, sales and publicity team is led by David Bianco (Marketing Director), Toots Tolentino (PR Director), Oliver Usison (Marketing Assistant), Marie Talay (Cashier), Rose Silva (Sales Supervisor), John Alaras (Design Director), Jojo Mamangun (Photographer), and Lightshapers/ Repertory Philippines (Video Production).

To accommodate all inquiries, Repertory Philippines is accepting reservations for schools, civic groups and corporate sponsorships.

For details of the show, you may contact us the following ways:
By phone: 571-6926 and 571-4941
By e-mail: shows@repertoryphilippines.com

Tickets are available through Ticketworld at 891-9999, or via http://www.ticketworld.com.ph/
Connect to Repertory Philippines online through the following social media networks:
May not be suitable for children under the age of ten. Children under the age of four are not permitted. See you at the theater!








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